This day will mark one year since the demise of actor Rishi Kapoor, and we want to remember everything about him that made him eternal.
Last year, this time was tough upon us as we lost gems Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor consecutively. The tears hadn’t dried out from hearing the sudden demise of Irrfan Khan that we heard another loss as well. Beloved called Chintu, the actor had everything in him that led him to be the timeless actor. Yes, he did come from an already successive film family, but he made his name with his own style. His witty, fun, charming personality was something that made him stand out.
Very few know about this, but his first on-screen appearance was in the song “Pyar Hua, Iqrar Hua Hai” from his father Raj Kapoor’s film “Shree 420”. And then we see him again as a young sweet chubby teenager in “Mera Naam Joker” which earned him many accolades. His debut was in the film “Bobby” with Dimple Kapadia. He once said in an interview that the film wasn’t supposed to launch him but rather pay debts off created by “Mera Naam Joker”; hence, his father couldn’t afford to cast a famous romantic lead.
After Bobby, which turned out to be a massive success, there was practically no stopping this success ride. He did several films: Kabhi Kabhie, Khel Khel Mein, Karz, Chandni, Do Dooni Chaar, 102 Not Out, Mulk, and many. But what was incredibly commendable about him was that he knew how to move with time and never shied away from doing roles that didn’t put him in the limelight. He often played the second character or supporting and showcased his range in Naseeb, Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani, Love Aaj Kal, Namastey London, Agneepath, Student of the Year, Kapoor & Sons. He knew how to form himself with the changing times and was experimental with it. And maybe that’s why every generation who saw him fell in love.
But it was not just his long list of filmography that made us all fell in love with him. It was also his unflinching ability to be unapologetically him. Whether it was on Twitter sharing news, his opinions, or in Interviews with his honest replies, he always had a befitting witty, charming real reply to everything. So much so that his autobiography’s name was Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored, was released in 2017.
He inspired many through his large body of work across time and continues to do so. We still dance to his songs and applaud the versatile actor that he was. Coming from a film family and yet making a mark was a tough job to do. Last year we not only lost an artist but we lost a gem of a person. But we also know that he will be remembered forever.